Encouragement

  1. Helping Children Delight In God’s Creation this Summer

    Helping Children Delight In God’s Creation this Summer

    When I was a child, and even into my teens, I spent most of my free time outdoors. Whether playing active games with friends, exploring the neighborhood woods, or simply lying in the grass trying to identify different shapes or figures in the clouds, we spent much of our summer disconnected from media or other electronics. Now that I am an adult, I have found I still benefit from enjoying the outdoors, as it evokes praise and admiration of God as I experience firsthand the wonders He has created. One way we can encourage our children to meditate on and give God praise for His wondrous works is to go on a "Praise Walk." How? First, read together Psalm 148. Help your children to identify all of the created things in the verse that are to give praise to God. ... More

  2. When a Little Child Prays to a Big God

    When a Little Child Prays to a Big God

    Here is a true story of how a little girl's simple faith in a big God taught her parents a big lesson.

    Does God care about a doll coat? Yes, He does. God cares about doll coats, and He cares about the faith of little girls.  ... More

  3. Encouraging Moms for Their Great Calling

    Encouraging Moms for Their Great Calling

    Mother’s Day will soon be upon us, but more than heart-warming cards, breakfast in bed, beautiful flowers, or a day of peaceful rest, I pray that motherhood would be seen and embraced for the great calling it is, as reflected in these words by Charles Spurgeon:

    O dear mothers you have a very sacred trust reposed in you by God! He has in effect said to you, “Take this child and nurse it for Me, and I will give you your wages.” You are called to equip the future man of God that he may be thoroughly furnished unto every good work. If God spares you, you may live to hear that pretty boy speak to thousands, and you will have the sweet reflection in your heart that the quiet teachings of the nursery led the man to love his God and serve Him. Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship, but dr ... More

  4. The Paramount Focus of Parenting

    The Paramount Focus of Parenting

    We often ask children what they want to be when they grow up. What are they aspiring to? What do they want to achieve? As parents, we also have desired outcomes for their lives—what we want them to be—and devote various resources and time toward achieving those outcomes. Think of the many hours we set aside for our children’s academic, sports, musical achievements, etc. However, we must never lose sight of what is most important for their lives—what they NEED to be more than anything else—and prioritize this above all other endeavors. ... More

  5. Planting Seeds of Righteousness

    Planting Seeds of Righteousness

    simile: n. a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another
    in one respect by the use of “like,” “as,” etc. The Bible uses similes frequently. They paint pictures for our eyes so our minds can grasp biblical truth. They borrow our familiarity with the ordinary to help us understand the profound. ... More

  6. Be Encouraged: God’s Eye Is Upon His Own Work

    Be Encouraged: God’s Eye Is Upon His Own Work

    One of the most discouraging things for a teacher or small group leader during a lesson is the perception that your students are not personally engaged with what is being taught. Here you are, teaching the most important truths in the universe with heartfelt passion, and some children seem completely disinterested, entirely inattentive, and utterly bored. Furthermore, your creative efforts to gain their attention and involve them in the lesson fail. At times like this, it’s tempting to ask: “Are they even listening? Is any of this truth reaching their minds and sinking into their hearts?” What’s a teacher or small group leader to do? ... More

  7. Midyear Refreshment for Ministry Volunteers

    Midyear Refreshment for Ministry Volunteers

    In the month of January, the days are short and the nights are long and cold (for some of us). The busy holiday season is over, and many of us feel tired and worn down. Sometimes this attitude carries over into the classroom. The eagerness and energy of the school year’s beginning has diminished. What’s a teacher to do to fight against the midyear doldrums? ... More

  8. The Prayers of this Generation Matter to the Next

    The Prayers of this Generation Matter to the Next

    Over the years of our ministry, my wife Sally and I have taught various classes and seminars that offer vision and practical strategies for Christian parents who are committed to faithfully raising their children in the “instruction of the Lord.” ... More

  9. Top Five Posts of 2018

    Top Five Posts of 2018

    As we come to the end of 2018, we are grateful for our long-term readers of this blog as well as those of you who started reading this year, especially those who have subscribed to the Joy for the Next Generationse-newsletter. We thought both long-term and new readers might appreciate a roundup of the 5 most read posts from this past year. We hope these can provide fresh encouragement for you as you prepare for 2019.   ... More

  10. The Fruit of Investing in the Faith of the Next Generation

    The Fruit of Investing in the Faith of the Next Generation

    Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." One of the great joys we have at Truth78 is receiving testimonies about the fruit of faith that comes as children hear the word of Christ in a variety of settings. We hope you'll be as encouraged as we were by some of the testimonies we've received in the past few months: ... More

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